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Elena Benito Ruiz

MONTHLY DONORDigital Marketer. Human too.

Spain   •   elenabenitoruiz.es   •   Born on April 17

Elena's Story

Elena joined Watsi on September 16th, 2016. One year ago, Elena became the 2221st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,140 more people have become monthly donors! Elena's most recent donation traveled 4,100 miles to support Nailoisi, a baby girl from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.

Impact

Elena has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Elena

Maria

Four-year-old Maria is a charming girl with an infectious smile and a twinkle in her eyes. She is a nursery school student and the youngest of three children in her family. She lives with her family in a rental house in Kenya. Her mother sells African dresses, and her father works as a chef. Maria visited our medical partner's hospital with a protruding abdominal bulge that was visible under her woolen cardigan. She was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, a condition that occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles, presenting as a soft swelling or bulge near the navel. Maria's condition causes her pain, and painkillers provide only temporary relief. Without surgery, a segment of the intestine may become trapped in the hernia and cause more intense pain. In addition, the blood supply to the trapped tissue may weaken and lead to tissue death. Fortunately, Maria will undergo an operation to repair the hernia on December 22. During the procedure, the surgeon will push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and cover the umbilical area with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to reinforce the area and prevent protrusion of the intestines. With very little income, Maria's parents are not able to raise the funds needed for Maria’s surgical care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423. Funding for Maria covers the costs of the surgery, two nights in the hospital, pain medicine, blood tests, and antibiotics. "God bless anyone who takes the time to listen to my story," shares Maria's mother. "I hope you can inspire me by making a difference in the life of my daughter."

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